BRAD WALKER admits moving to Wrexham has rekindled his love for football.

The 23-year-old midfielder only made one appearance for Crewe this season having last featured for the League Two outfit at the end of February.

Walker jumped at the chance to join Wrexham on loan in August and he has started the last 12 games, helping the Reds climb to the top of the National League.

His loan spell ends in January but Walker is enjoying his football again and would like to extend his stay at The Racecourse.

"Definitely," said Walker. "I am loving my football again and back enjoying it.

"The back end of last season and the start of this season, I lost all interest in it really.

"I wasn't happy, I wasn't enjoying it, I was going in for training and it felt like I was doing it for nothing.

"But the gaffer here has given me a chance, he trusts me and he is brilliant."

Walker, in the absence of regular penalty-taker Luke Summerfield, opened his account for Wrexham by converting a spot-kick in the 1-1 draw at Chesterfield.

A second goal arrived on Saturday, with Walker heading home a Paul Rutherford cross to help Wrexham beat Gateshead 3-1, and he was delighted to score from open play.

"I have a scored a few goals at my recent clubs and I was hoping to get a few here," said Walker.

"Playing in front of the back four means is a bit harder to score goals than any other centre midfielder, I got the penalty at Chesterfield but I was more buzzing to score on Saturday.

"I thought the keeper was going to punch me to be honest but he didn't!"

Walker made it 2-0 and although Gateshead reduced the deficit late in the game, Rekeil Pyke scored a third goal in added time to seal victory and put Wrexham top of the table.

The Reds are also unbeaten in nine games and Walker was delighted with the display.

"We limited them to very few chances and I thought it was an excellent team performance," said Walker.

"First half we could have been out of sight again but we go in at 1-0 and second half we take our chances.

"There have been a few games where we have won 1-0 and had to hang on a little bit, especially at home, and we got caught out at Chesterfield.

"But Saturday was a completely different game, we managed the game really well."

Wrexham head to Weston-super-Mare in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Weston are bottom of National League South but Walker, eager to combine a cup run with the promotion challenge, won't be taking the Seagulls lightly.

"It will be a tough game and they will be trying to cause an upset as we are in a higher division," added Walker.

"We can't approach it thinking it is going to be a walk in the park because it won't be so we need to go there with the right mentality which we have done all year and hopefully through to the next round.

"Getting out of the league is our bread and butter but if we can have a cup run as well that would be perfect.

"We are in a great position in the league, although we can't get too carried away because it is still early days, but we are happy with the way things are going.

"Hopefully we can get a win in the cup and continue the league form once we are back at it."